Cycle Training

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So you want to start cycle commuting - but are afraid of the traffic?

So you fancy saving money, getting fit and beating the traffic jams by cycling to work – but you're put off by the thought of the risks involved? Well, rest assured, the risks of cycling are about the same as walking per mile travelled – and the greater danger to your health is inactivity.
A cyclist indicates to turn right

But knowing this may still not be enough reassure you to take to two wheels. In that case, a short course in cycle training may be just what you need to give you the skills and confidence you need to make you feel – and be – safer.

Don’t worry about being made to feel silly with memories of riding around bollards in the school playground when you did your Cycling Proficiency. Things have moved on apace since those days and cycle training now mainly takes place in the real world and could involve the journeys you actually want to make.

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First 'graduate' from CTC Adult Cycle Training Scheme in Plymouth

This week, Elaine Norman, the first participant in CTC's Adult Cycle Training Scheme, run in partnership with Plymouth City Council, completed her Level 1 National Cycle Training Standards Course and is keen to get out and about by bicycle in Plymouth.
Elaine completes here CTC cycle training

The Adult Cycle Scheme, part of Plymouth City Council's 'Plymotion' initiative, to promote healthy, sustainable travel choices, offers free cycle training, a bike safety check and guided rides to encourage people to switch to bicycles for urban journeys, such as commuting to work or popping down to the shops.

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WWF partners with the CTC to get employees on their bikes

CTC ran cycle training and personalised travel planning at WWF's office in Godalming, Surrey, to help encourage more employees to cycle to work.
CTC cycle instructor and trainees

Lucy Potashnick, WWF’s Environmental Manager, says: “In a staff travel survey in March 2010, Of the 19% of staff that live within 3 miles or less from work, 40% still use their car to travel into work.”

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Beam me up Scotty! Do 'laser beam' cycle lanes help make you safe?

A recent Guardian Bike Blog discussed the effects of a new 'safety' device: 'TheXfire.com - Bike Lane Laser Safety Lighting System' projects a set of red lines around your bike to give the illusion of a cycle lane, the idea being to encourage drivers to give you more space when overtaking.
The Xfire virtual bike lane

But does it work? CTC's Technical Officer Chris Juden is somewhat sceptical.  He told The Guardian:

"Can the driver even see the nearside road surface? Not very near he can't. My bonnet blocks my view of that part of the road for some distance ahead. I think this is a mostly harmless gimmick. I'd rather have the extra light directed somewhere more obviously useful instead."

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A thousand cyclists take to the trails at the Dalby Forest open day

Dalby Bike Barn's open day on 13 October showcased a range of CTC taster courses and activites at our community hub in Dalby Forest. CTC teamed up with PACE and the Forestry Commission to offer visitors an inspiring day of both MTB and road cycling.
Cyclists in Dalby Forest

Around 1000 visitors flocked to the Dalby Open Day.  Many families came to experience a great day of cycling on traffic-free routes; others had come to ride the trails for Dalby 13 a demo day where visitors could try out new 2013 style bikes and kit.

Visitors were allowed to test -ride the RC325.5 EXC mountain bike and try out the  ‘Dalby-proof’ brake pads. Qualified cycle technicians were on hand to give advice and fix and service bikes.

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CTC web chat - your questions answered

CTC’s Chief Exec, Gordon Seabright, and other staff responded to your questions during a live web chat on 21 June. Questions were sent in through Twitter, Facebook and emails. Answers can be found below.

Thanks to all those who sent in questions. In some cases we've responded to you directly.

Among those answering your questions were:

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Why not ride in the middle of the road?

The Daily Mail asked "Is this the dumbest cycle lane in Britain? Blundering workmen paint path in the MIDDLE of busy road". CTC's Greg Woodford explains why sometimes it is OK to cycle in the middle of the road.
A typical cycle lane

On 8 May 2012, The Daily Mail published an article condemning "blundering workmen have painted a cycle lane down the centre of a busy road - because cars were parked down the edge".

There was lots of discussion on CTC's Cycle instructors' Facebook page. Which got me thinking about the whole process of 'safe riding positions'.

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Swindon's Over 50s training gets adults riding

Giving people in Swindon who never learned to cycle as children the chance to get pedalling

CTC Cycling Development Officer for Swindon Anna Cipullo explains how the scheme changes lives:

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Free cycling training for the over 50s in Swindon

The Over 50’s Cycling Courses in Swindon have been so popular that it is fully booked months in advance and more dates have been added to cope with demand.
Over 50s begginners line up for their first lesson

Many people have continued cycling in their learning groups many months after their courses finish, which has created a growing cycling scene for older people in the area.

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Cycle trains - a good way to encourage people to commute by bike

Cyclists in Stirlingshire, Scotland have formed a bike train from Dunblane station to Stirling University as a way of encouraging more people to use sustainable transport and reduce the number of car journeys.
Commuting cyclists in a group

CTC has long campaigned on the 'Safety in Numbers' effect which says that cycling gets safer, the more people do it.

Now campaigners in Sterlingshire have taken this literally with the formation of a bike train to encourage commuters to use the bike and train combination, rather than taking the car to work.

This BBC report explains the whys and wherefores of it. Maybe this is an idea that could spread to other towns and cities across the UK?

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